January 13, 2011

Grom Gelateria

There are two questions about food I dislike being asked: (1) What is your favorite? and (2) If you were on Death Row, what would you request as your final meal? This is mainly because I can't provide a single, consistent answer, or one at all (I also don't like thinking about the idea of being on Death Row, ever). But one thing that comes pretty darn close to my top three is Italian gelato. Give me a tub of that and I'll clean it for you in one sitting, before your eyes - no joke.

I first had gelato in Rome, Italy. My standards for gelato are, to say the least, high. The closest I've experienced to such perfection was in Greenwich Village, NYC. Hello Grom - thank you for gracing us with your presence here in the States. Of course, like most things worth mentioning on the East Coast (i.e. - Cafe Habana, Five Guys, 53rd & 6th Halal next?), Grom felt the need to trek westward and make its (first?) West Coast home in Malibu, no less. You can only imagine my glee.

Located a few doors down from Marmalade Cafe.

Current menu (subject to change seasonally).

A scoop of pistachio and a scoop of bacio - yumz!

Fresh whipped cream straight from Italy.

A scoop of hazelnut and a scoop of tiramisu - yumz!

A scoop of plain yogurt and a scoop of the special of the day: Crema di Grom (pieces of Battifollo biscuits and chocolate chips) - yumz!

Grom's is not cheap. But even though you're shelling out $5.25 for a small cup, the portion is perfect (any more of the dense and creamy ice cream would be overindulgent), the texture reminds me of Italia's bests, and the service was simply delightful despite my multiple requests for various samples. 

Since it has been less than a month since grand opening, they haven't implemented their "frequent buyer" system yet, but once they do, it will be bad news bears for my waistline and pocketbook. Welcome to the 'hood, Grom. I hope you stay for long.

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cuisine: Italian gelato (aka - a piece of heaven on earth)
location: Malibu
hours: M-Th: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM; Fri-Sun: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

website: { websiteyelp }
attire: Casual
parking: lot (free)

notes: The shops in Cross Creek are getting a face lift, so don't mind the construction and its somewhat uninviting current look. Also, they deliver!! Check it out:


Stay tuned for the spicy seafood marinara pasta! (next post, promise).